Before arriving to South Korea we had the plan to find a place to WWOOF. For people not familiar with this term it means: Willing Workers On Organic Farms. We would like to learn more about organic farming, methods involved, local Korean life and lengthen our journey by volunteering and staying with local people. I would be WWOOFing for 10 days and experiencing a rural Korean farm.
The photos are here: WWOOFing South Korea
By the time we both became a member of WWOOF Korea some of the projects we had been looking at for a while had disappeared because the farms had withdrawn their membership. We were quite sad about that because we both had to pay a membership fee and then for us interesting projects were gone. But we remained positive. Also we had heard many stories about the full-on Korean working lifestyle and that some farms wanted quite some hours of work from their WWOOFers while WWOOFing. So by the time we had this information we were not sure about it anymore.
Martin had to go back to Denmark for two weeks, so Susanne had written a few farms and decided to go to a pine tree farm close to Jecheon (farm GW_109 on the website of WWOOF Korea).
The farm, called Amara Valley is located in a small village next to a river between green mountains with many trees. A larger village is just two kilometres away. It took about twenty minutes by car from Jecheon and the host mother picked me up. I could call the hosts Ajeossi and Ajumma, which literally translates to middle aged man and middle aged woman in Hangul, the Korean language. The hosts spoke only little English so we had to talk a lot with hands and feet, Google translate and my phrase book.